A fantastically instructive treatise, collection of exercises, and DVD for the violinist’s left hand!
It is rare to find such an extensive collection of instruction from such a highly accomplished violinist and pedagogue. Inclusion of a demonstration DVD makes this one of the most comprehensive and accessible collections to work from for developing the violinist’s left hand. Violinist Borivoj (Boro) Martinic-Jercic shares his wealth of understanding regarding the mechanics of the left hand as he learned it directly from 20th Centruy masters including Kristijan Petrovic, Armand Weisbord, Paul Makanowitzky, andand Ruggiero Ricci.
From the Introduction:
“[…] every violinist is challenged to find comfort and avoid injury while playing and aiming to achieve technical perfection. The purpose of this monograph is to help violinists develop a closer personal relationship with their instrument and as a result achieve more comfort while striving for technical perfection. […] Having observed and studied my teachers’ left hand techniques for many years, two striking qualities continue to fascinate me. The first is the precision, strength, and confidence of their left hand finger action. The second is the incredible freedom and flexibility of their left hand. […] this collection of basic exercises and discussions is designed to aid violinists to develop a more comfortable and confident relationship with their own instrument which will ultimately improve the flexibility and freedom of their left hands.”
Praise for Freedom and Flexibility of the Violinist’s Left Hand
"...must-have for students and teachers alike!" - Guillermo Figueroa, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
"All serious violinists will benefit greatly from this book and its accompanying DVD." - Richard Wood, Columbia University, NY
"...invaluable resource to both students and pedagogues alike." - David Halen, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
"...important contribution to violin pedagogy." - Hal Grossman, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
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